From the name of a type of leather-soled shoe or sandal made on the Balearic Islands. It originally indicated a person who made or sold this item.
Means "priest's street" from Basque abas
"priest" and kale
Means "priest's meadow" from the Basque abas
"priest" and solo
From the Latin given name Abellio
, which may have been derived from the name of a Pyrenean god.
Originally denoted a person from the town of Agramunt, Spain. It means "field hill" in Catalan.
Means "water" in Spanish, indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
Derived from Spanish agua
"water", indicating a person who lived near water or worked with water.
From the name of a Basque town, derived from aldats
Originally denoted someone who was from the city of Alfaro in La Rioja, Spain. It is possibly derived from Arabic meaning "the watchtower".
From a Spanish place name, possibly derived from Spanish alba
AQUINO Italian, Spanish
From the name of an Italian town near Rome, the home town of the 13th-century saint Thomas Aquinas. In Italy it is derived directly from the town's name. As a Spanish-language surname, it was sometimes bestowed by missionaries in honour of the saint as they evangelized in Spanish colonies.
Denoted a person from Araia in the Basque Country, Spain. It is of uncertain meaning.
Originally indicated a person from the town of Aretxabaleta in Spain. It means "oak trees" in Basque.
From various Spanish place names, which are derived from Spanish arena
ARITZA Spanish, Basque
From Basque aritz
meaning "oak tree". This was a nickname of Iñigo, the first king of Pamplona, Spain (9th century).
ARRIOLA Spanish, Basque
From Basque place names, themselves derived from Basque arri
"stone" and -ola
"place of, house".
Originally denoted a person from the Italian city of Assisi (called Asís
From the name of a region in Spain, formerly a medieval kingdom. It is possibly derived from Basque asta
"rock" and ur
BARROS Portuguese, Spanish
From the Portuguese and Spanish word barro
meaning "clay, mud". This could either be an occupational name for a person who worked with clay or mud such as a builder or artisan, or a topographic name for someone living near clay or mud.
From the Basque place name Basurtu
, a village (now part of Bilbao) in Biscay. It means "middle of the forest".
BELLO Spanish, Italian
Means "beautiful" in Spanish and Italian, originally a nickname for an attractive person.
Means "the house furthest down" from Basque bengo
"furthest down" and etxe
Means "white" in Spanish. The name most likely referred to a person who was pale or had blond hair.
, the name of a small Basque village, derived from Basque bolu
"mill" and ibar
"meadow". This name was borne by the revolutionary Simón Bolívar (1783-1830).
BUSTO Spanish, Italian
From the name of towns in Spain and Italy, derived from Late Latin bustum
meaning "ox pasture".
Means "hair" in Spanish, used as a nickname for a person with a large amount of hair.
From various place names derived from Late Latin capraria
meaning "place of goats", from Latin capra
CAMPANA Italian, Spanish
Occupational name from Late Latin campana
meaning "bell", ultimately derived from the Italian region of Campania, where bells were produced.
From the name of a town in Catalonia, of uncertain meaning.
From the Spanish word casal
meaning "house", ultimately from Late Late casalis
and Latin casa
Originally indicated a person from Castile, a region (and medieval kingdom) in Spain. The name of the region is derived from Late Latin castellum
Originally indicated a person who came from Catalonia, a region of eastern Spain.
CHAVES Portuguese, Spanish
From the name of a Portuguese city, derived from the Roman name FLAVIUS
(being named for the emperor Vespasian, whose family name was Flavius).
Variant of CHAVES
. A famous bearer was the labour leader César Chávez (1927-1993).
Derived from the name of the town of Cuéllar in the Segovia province of Spain. It may be derived from Latin collis
Derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria
, which itself is derived from Basque etxe
"house" and berri
Means "a person who lives close to a church" from Basque eleiza
"church" and ondo
Derived from the name of the town Escamilla in the Gualadajara province of Spain.
Derived from the Basque place name Eskarzaga
, which itself is derived from Basque hazkar
Derived from the Basque place name Espartza
, a town in the province of Navarre.
Means "thorn", a name for someone who lived near a thorn bush.
From Spanish espinoso
meaning "thorny", ultimately from Latin spîna
, respectively meaning "spine" and "full of spines, spiny".
Derived from the given name Floro
, Spanish form of the Roman Florus
which meant "flower".
FONSECA Spanish, Portuguese
Originally belonged to a person who lived near a dry spring, from Latin fons
"well, spring" and sicca
Means "a person from Galicia" in Spanish. Galicia is a region in northwestern Spain.
GALLO Italian, Spanish
Means "cock, rooster" from Latin gallus
. This was a nickname for a proud person.
From a medieval given name of unknown meaning, possibly related to the Basque word hartz
From the Basque word arratz
"bush" combined with the suffix sta
denoting a place.
Derived from Spanish garza
"heron" (a type of crane).
Habitational name for someone who lived in Gebara, a place in the Basque province of Araba (Álava).
Means "warrior" in Spanish, an occupational name for a soldier. It is ultimately derived from the Germanic word for "war" werra
Evolved from the Spanish surname Gualtierrez
meaning "son of Gualtierre". Gualtierre
is a Spanish version of the Germanic name WALTER
Means "to be happy, to enjoy oneself" from Spanish holger
Means "garden, small orchard" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin hortus
Derived from Basque jats
"sorghum". Sorghum is a type of cereal grass.
LOYOLA Spanish, Basque
From Basque loya
meaning "mud". This was the surname of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of Jesuits.
MACHADO Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from Spanish and Portuguese machado
"hatchet" and denoted a person who made or used hatchets.
Locative name coming from the name of a place near Lugo in northern Spain. A notable bearer is former Argentinian soccer star Diego Maradona (1960-).
From the name of a Spanish city, whose name is derived from the Arabic word for "city".
MERLO Italian, Spanish
Means "blackbird", ultimately from Latin merula
. The blackbird is a symbol of a naive person.
Means "snows" in Spanish, from the title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora de las Nieves
meaning "Our Lady of the Snows".
Habitational name for someone who lived in Obando in Extremadura, Spain.
Originally a name for a dweller on the banks of the Ojeda river.
Means "(dweller by the) elm tree" from Latin ulmus
Originally indicated a person from Okendo, Basque Country.
Derived from the place name Orellana
which, in turn, is derived from Latin Aureliana
Means "golden" in Catalan, originally a nickname for a person with blond hair.
From a Spanish place name (belonging to various villages) meaning "nettle".
Means "son of Orti". The given name Orti
seems to be disputed in meaning, deriving from either Latin fortis
meaning "brave, strong" or Latin fortunius
Spanish surname coming from the Italian city of Pavia south of Milano. Known especially for its old University.
Means "dweller by a large jutting rock" from Spanish peña
PETIT Catalan, English, French
Means "small, little" derived from Old French petit
. It was perhaps used for a short, small person or to denote the younger of two individuals.
Means "magpie" from Spanish picazo
. This probably denoted someone who was talkative or prone to stealing, although it may have described someone's unusual colouring. Painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a famous bearer of this name.
From a nickname meaning "dark", referring to a person with dark hair or skin.
From various Spanish place names derived from quinon
meaning "five". It indicated that the land was divided amongst five people.
QUINTANA Spanish, Catalan
Means "dweller on a piece of land whose rent is one-fifth its produce" from Spanish and Catalan quintana
Denoted a person from one of the various places of this name in Spain. Quirós, the place name, may derive from the Galician queiroa
Means "dweller in a thickly wooded area" from Latin ramus
. It could also refer to someone connected with Palm Sunday in some way (French dimanche des rameaux
RIOS Portuguese, Spanish
Originally denoted a person who lived near a river, from Portuguese and Spanish rios
Topographic name for a person who lived on a riverbank.
Means "dweller by the oak tree or forest" from Spanish roble
which in turn was derived from Latin robur
ROCHA Portuguese, Galician
Habitational name for any one place named Rocha, from the Portuguese and Galician rocha
"rock" or "cliff".
Means "red (haired, complexioned)" from Latin rubeus
Means "red" in relation to hair or complexion from Spanish rojo
ROMERO Italian, Spanish
Derived from Roma
, Spanish and Italian name of the city of Rome. It could have originally indicated a person who was from Rome or who took a pilgrimage to Rome.
ROSA Italian, Catalan
Means "rose" from Latin rosa
, perhaps denoting a person who lived where roses grew or had a rosy complexion.
Nickname for a person with red hair, from Latin rubeus
Originally indicated a person from Salamanca, in western Spain.
SALAZAR Spanish, Portuguese
Means "dweller in the old hall" from the Romance word sala
meaning "hall" and the Basque zahar
meaning "old". It can also refer to Salazar in Burgos, Spain.
Derived from the Latin word salix
meaning "willow tree". The name was originally given to one who lived near a willow tree.
Means "(dweller by or worker at) a saltworks" from Spanish salinas
Derived from the name of a town in Spain, ultimately from Latin meaning "new forest".
SANTIAGO Portuguese, Spanish
Spanish and Portuguese place name that described the man who emigrated from any of the several locations so-named, which got their names from the dedication of their church to Saint JAMES
, the patron saint of Spain.
Derived from the name of the Sepulveda valley in the mountains of Segovia, and was originally used to denote people from that region. It is possibly derived from Spanish sepultar
Means "dweller on a hill range, ridge" from the Old Occitan serre
SOLER Occitan, Catalan
Denoted a person from any of the numerous places in the area whose names derive from the word soler
meaning "site, plot".
Means "grove of trees, small forest" in Spanish, ultimately from Latin saltus
Derived from a Germanic given name, the first element is unknown, the second element is derived from heri, hari
A name for a person from Terrazas in the Spanish city of Burgos, a place name meaning "terraces".
Originally denoted a person from Trujillo in Cáceres or Trujillo in Seville, Spain.
Probably derived from the name of Urueña, a municipality in the province of Valladolid, Spain.
Derived from Spanish vara
"stick". It may have originally been given to one who used a stick in his line of work, for example an animal herder.
Means "(dweller in a) meadow", from Spanish vega
VELA (1) Spanish
Derived from a medieval given name Vela
, a reduced form of the Germanic name Vigila
, which was derived from the element wig
VICARIO Spanish, Italian
Means "a vicar" in Spanish and Italian. Vicar
is an ecclesiastic title, usually used to denote a representative of a bishop.
From the province of Catalonia in Spain, and means "little rustic cabin". The name is thought to have been originally from France and was changed from the 13th century Vilaroux
into the Catalan Vilaro
VILLA Italian, Spanish
Means "town" in Italian and Spanish. It was originally given to a person who came from a town, as opposed to the countryside.
Denoted a person from Villalobos, a city in Spain which derives its name from Spanish villa
"town" and lobo
Means "(dweller in a) new settlement" from Spanish villa
"settlement" and nueva
Place name meaning "green farm", from villa
"farm, settlement" and verde
Means "may you live" from the Latin, Catalan and Spanish expression vivas
which was bestowed upon children to bring good luck.
Originally denoted someone who lived in a place of this name in Biscay. It is derived from Basque zabal
meaning "large, wide".